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H-2A Info Sessions for Farmers to be Held Next Week

October 28, 2022

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: October 28, 2022
H-2A Info Sessions for Farmers to be Held Next Week
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL), the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) are hosting two information sessions for agricultural production employers next week.
The H-2A program is a federal guest work program developed in 1986 to allow agricultural employers to legally hire foreign workers for seasonal jobs. The program can help to ease labor shortages but has many requirements and regulations that can sometimes limit participation. These informational sessions are intended to allow fruit and vegetables farmers to develop a comprehensive understanding of the H-2A program in order to properly evaluate how their operations can benefit from hiring H-2A workers.
“All Alabama agriculture businesses suffer from labor shortages, particularly the fruit and vegetable industry,” said Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate. “We hope farmers take advantage of this free opportunity and we are thankful for the partnership with ADOL and ACES.”
The free sessions will provide guidance on the rules and regulations of the program, the process for completing applications, and insights into the economics of working with H-2A labor.
“We know there are issues facing Alabama employers of all industries, including our valuable agricultural industry,” said Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “There are programs out there that have the potential to improve these issues, such as the H-2A program. We’re happy to help employers succeed in any way we can.”
“Fruit and vegetable production is very labor intensive and finding workers is extremely difficult. The H-2A program provides an opportunity to address labor shortages. This workshop allows farmers to learn how to navigate the requirements of this program. While there are many regulations to follow, it is not an insurmountable task and we look to bring some clarity and understanding to the process,” said Dr. Adam Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist at Auburn University.
Session One:

November 2, 2022
1 to 5 p.m.
Jefferson State Community College
1850 Lay Dam Road
Clanton, AL 35045
Register HERE
Session Two:

November 7, 2022
Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Auditorium
1445 Federal Drive
Montgomery, AL 36107
Register HERE

For more information, contact Adam Rabinowitz at adam.rabinowitz@auburn.edu or (334) 844-5620.

Funding for the workshops is provided by USDA-AMS through the specialty crop block grant program